GSA approves crossover pact

GSA approves crossover pact

The General Services Administration has approved the first crossover among its Metropolitan Area Acquisition local phone service contracts. GSA gave Verizon Communications Inc. of New York permission to compete for government business in its home city.

Verizon already holds a contract for local service in Buffalo, N.Y.'one of 37 MAA contracts awarded for services in 20 cities. Crossover provisions let any holder of a MAA, FTS 2001 or Washington Interagency Telecommunications System 2001 contract request a modification to extend service to any other city or program.

AT&T Corp., which holds the original MAA contract for New York City, has applied to cross over to the FTS 2001 program.

GSA has not approved that, at least in part because of concerns about meeting the $1.5 billion minimum revenue guarantees for FTS 2001 contractors Sprint Corp. and WorldCom Inc.

'William Jackson

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